Professor Peter J. Olver
School of Mathematics
Institute of Technology
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Vincent Hall 540
T, Th 4:45-6:00pm |
September 3-21: Akerman Hall 319
After September 24: Vincent Hall 6
T 3:30-4:30, Th 1:15-2:30, or by appointment|
Not available September 10-21
Course Description: Math 5587-8 is a year course that introduces the basics of partial differential equations, guided by applications in physics and engineering. Both analytical and numerical solution techniques will be discussed.
Prerequisites: Strong background in linear algebra, multi-variable calculus and ordinary differential equations (2000 level). Some mathematical sophistication. Other topics will be introduced as needed. Basic familiarity with a programming language (Matlab or Mathematica preferrred) is required for numerical work.
Text: The course will be based on the professor's typed lecture notes, which are available online and at Alpha Print, 1407 4th St. SE, in Dinkytown, 612-379-8535. I hope to cover at chapters 1-6 in the fall semester.
Hour Exams: There will be two midterm exams. Make-up exams will only be given in exceptional circumstances, and then only when notice is given to me before hand and a suitable written excuse forthcoming.First Midterm: Tuesday, October 16: will cover chapters 1, 2, and the material from McOwen.
Second Midterm: Thursday, November 29: will cover chapters 3 & 4.
Final Exam: Thursday, December 13, 4:45 - 6:45. In the usual classroom: Vincent Hall 6.
Incompletes: Only given in extreme circumstances, and only when the student has satisfactorily completed all but a small portion of the work in the course. Students must make prior arrangements with the professor well before the end of the quarter.
Grading Standards and Student Conduct: Students are expected to be familiar with University of Minnesota policies on grading standards and student conduct, including the consequences for students who violate standards of academic honesty.